Accept defeat, Sadc advises MDC-T leader

Head of the Sadc observer mission Mr Bernard Mwembe addresses the media with  Dr Tomaz Salamao (extreme right) looking on

Head of the Sadc observer mission Mr Bernard Mwembe addresses the media with Dr Tomaz Salamao (extreme right) looking on

Herald Reporter
THE Sadc Election Observer Mission has urged MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai to accept defeat in the harmonised elections, with his allies echoing similar sentiments. Sadc Election Observer Mission leader Mr Bernard Membe, MDC99 leader Mr Job Sikhala and Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Mr Raymond Majongwe, yesterday spoke as a rampant Zanu-PF gobbled up constituencies like the early ’80s video game Pacman gobbles dots.
With 28 of out of the 210 National Assembly constituencies to report in, Zanu-PF had garnered 136 seats to MDC-T’s 46, amid indications the remaining constituencies were in Zanu-PF strongholds and were likely to catapult the revolutionary party beyond the 160-seat mark.

Speaking to the media after meeting President Mugabe at State House in Harare yesterday, Mr Membe — who is Tanzania’s foreign minister — said he would be meeting Mr Tsvangirai to advise him to accept defeat.

“I will be meeting the Prime Minister to talk to him because as I said, the pure democratic dispensation and maturity in the world is not about campaigning, it is not about voting, it is about conceding defeat even if it is so painful.

“I think that is our task to convince politicians that to complete this process of democratic requirement is to make a concession, to concede defeat, it builds you, it builds the country, that is the catch of politics and that is what we are trying to go and convince him.”

Mr Membe said the media also had a role to play in aiding politicians and the general populace to accept reality.
He said the media held immense power in dictating the course a country could take following a crucial event like an election.

“To me, this is a very important thing for the media to do because again the security of this country is also in your hands, if you want to disturb the country you can do that.

“It is important to tell the people to cool down to tell the people to accept defeat and again how to accept reality in politics, it happens everywhere.
“The only thing in this continent that disturbs peace is elections, the failure to accept defeat and we must do away with this.

“Once you enter into the game, you must know that there are losers and winners. If you lose, you must accept defeat, your credibility goes higher than what your fanatics may tell you and this is our call, just accept defeat no matter how much it pains, it is for the betterment of yourself, your nation and the region,” Mr Membe, who said the harmonised elections met Sadc guidelines on the conduct of democratic elections, said.

MDC99 leader Mr Job Sikhala yesterday warned Mr Morgan Tsvangirai against challenging the outcome of the election, saying that would mark the demise of his political career.

“If he challenges the election results, he will lose further. Look at the margins his people won in St Mary’s and other seats in Harare, it was very narrow. He must accept what is available and go back to the drawing board and map the way forward. Who will come out in the streets? They will not convince even a fly to come out in the streets. If they failed to mobilise the people to go to the polling stations and vote for them, how do they expect the people to go to the streets? These people (President Mugabe and Tsvangirai) have been working together and we have been warning him (Tsvangirai against that), but our advice fell on deaf ears,” he said.

Mr Majongwe also urged Mr Tsvangirai to accept defeat.
“Tsvangirai must know that in a contest there are three outcomes, victory, a draw and a loss. In this case the courts are there and he can pursue that option. Let us see the picture as the events unfold. In Zimbabwe, all the political parties have died after failing to remove Zanu-PF and if the MDC-T is a home grown party, it will survive but if it is a Western backed party, it will definitely die a natural death,” he said.

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  • Kudakwashe Munenharo

    Thank you that shows maturity and progressive thinking.

    • Kudakwashe Munenharo

      Iwe hauzi Kudakwashe Munenharo. You are trying to take over my name. But I will track you and surely catch the real you.

  • Dikondo5brigade

    Lets hope ma MDCTea iwayo aya haazoparari zvakaita madzakutsaku ayena aye

  • Sarudzai

    MDC was warned by the Western Govt not to go into a Unity Govt, they got into Got and slept on the wheel, they should accept they lost thats politics.

  • Proudly Zimbo

    Nyika ino yakarwirwa nevana ve Zimbabwe vatengesi vakafanana navan Teaboy vanga variko, asi havana kukwanisa kumisa chitima cherusununguko, 2008 vanhu vaka voter nedumbu, 2013 va voter varikuziva kuti nyika ndeyavo, why allowing benetti kuti azviti basi, izvozvi arikushevedzera beneti ari ku south kuti urayanai, kuti iye asare atore upfumi whose, ZIMBABWE WILL NEVER BE A COLONY AGAIN!!!!!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    All MDCs have always shouted that the SADC/AU are guarantors for our political issue. Today, they must walk the talk! MDCT doesnot need to send Timba for crying before Zuma, nor does Morgan need another regional gallivanting to cry also! Both SADC /AU were at hand to wipe their tears! President Zuma is now brooding how the Zim results will influence the issue of economic democracy in AZANIA! Admittedly there were imperfections in the elections process as pointed out by all observers , but the bottom line is that MDCT is being advised that all those who went to school know that a person does not necessarily pass by getting 100% mark! This is where Dr MAGAISA should advised his clients , given his teaching background. As I joked during our social media debates elsewhere , Morgan is now Raila and Magaisa is now looking for a grindmill! .By the way, who buried Lindiwe ZULU! She has yet to pontificate on our politics! GOD BLESS THE NATION OF ZIMBABWE!

    • Butsu Mutandarika

      BY THE WAY PRESIDENT ZUMA SAID ON eNCA Africa LATE YESTERDAY..” the unusual calmness of the past 4 days in Zimbabwe I can assure you, MEANS that SOMETHING GOOD HAS HAPPENED IN ZIMBABWE…”

      • zimbabwean

        Wouldn’t one be expecting wild shouts of jubilation and celebrations?

        ZANUPF,you have another chance. If the party is to survive,it has to learn to listen and help people. ZANUPF needs an internal overhaul in any bad attitudes and behaviour.

        ZERO Tolerance to corruption

        Ministers should be answerable and should deliver or face the axe.It is a job like every other job. THEY SHOULD DELIVER.

        Constituencies should have all their long standing development agendas addressed. No lazy, money and car-hungry MPs

        No corruption of councils should be tolerated.

        No preferential treatment or awarding of tenders

        Zimbabwe has one of the best governance structures and systems that only NEED TO BE OBEYED.

        No marginalisation. If you really want the people’s hearts, win them. Give Matabelaland its water, Bulawayo its industrial revival, create jobs.

        A happy person gives no room for another party to take them for a ride.

        Forget about selfish credit. Work with ALL MPs even from opposition parties.listen to them.They know their constituents.

        You may win them over. 5 years is very little time but its enough for another party to restrategise and emerge to face u again

        Swallow you pride, read their manifestos. Take the good things that you agree with from it.

        Achieve them in the next 5years making it difficult for them to talk about them. Let there be only good to talk about what you will have done.

        Sanctions or no sanctions there is a lot that can be done.

        If you are not too proud even extend your hand and offer to re-appoint ministers that served well and are not extremist.Examples like David Coltart.

  • Andy Marongwe

    If Mr Tsvangirayi wants future relevance, he should concede and chart a way forward and fight the elections in five years time. The world over, politicians loose elections and concede and get respect thereafter. Jonas Savimbi of Angola faced the ultimate end in his pursuit of personal glory at the expense of the people, after he failed to give up when he lost the elections to MPLA.The cost to the economy and human life lost was immense, one would ask was this justifiable? MDC as a political party should do the right thing and advise their leader to bury the hatchet for the sack of Zimbabwe, the fatherland and help develop the country.

  • Gandanga

    We saw this coming many years ago. Running on emotion, lies and excitement is not sustatinable. For MDC-T this is a hard lesson but at the same time reality. Their lack of vision and strategic positioning over the years has now been exposed. Zanu PF was patient and accepted them into this unity government so that they could be exposed, and surely they were exposed. Imagine if they had taken government in 2008 – Zimbabwe would by now be done.
    Rather than talk of bringing people out in the street and getting malcontents like Benett shouting from SA for civil disobedience the best route for this group is to take time and reflect on their rampant failures since formation. It is true this is not a home grown party. The difficulties Zimbabwe has faced over the years are more to do with sanctions than Mugabe. This is how Kaunda was toppled in Zambia by the same labor movement and poisonous attitude of the west for partisan interests. Recent examples of north africa and the middle east can be cited. As Kissinger put it – if you want people to scream , make the economy scream.
    For the MDC , you are better advised to accept defeat. If not go to the courts, you are the ones that have said democracy is in your veins. Courts are a pivotal component in the democratic dispensation. Take stock of your mistakes and if you really are a home grown party you have an opportunity to regroup and strategize, but if many of you were in it for western monies , positions, women and vhovho then you fall by the wayside as seen with many parties before you. We all know that the whole issue of democracy is a smoke screen, the real issue was to reverse land. Now that this is enshrined in the constitution in terms of irreversibility – Are you still relevent? Will your handlers who also have serious financial challenges continue to bankroll you without results?? The future will tell.

  • Nechemhaka

    Tsvangirai should accept the results and move on focusing in the future with new strategies. The truth of the matter is you can’t win against ZANU PF because they created a system in which they can never lose. No man born of a woman can win against this Party. Even if they do not have enough votes panoyitwa ********. These events are planned, and taken care of, results well known before any man has cast a ballot. I am afraid that we might re-visit the past with no opposition to provide checks and balances in the legislature. My other concern is Zimbabwe may not get the loans, grants, aid to create economic activities for the populace Investment might not flow our way while these countries keep saying we don’t sell on credit but in God we trust. Unfortunately there is not enough of the US in God we trust floating in the country.

  • Van Morris Tacharwa

    Wow, who said Sikhala is not intelligent! Tsvangirai failed to make use of opportunities he was given by the GPA. His finance ministry could have got him votes by supporting farmers who are struggling to get money for their produce and for inputs. Instead, he called them mushrooms who were not worth his attention. Chinotimba made some remarks about the Murambinda road. That road has given Zanu PF many a headache over the years. How many kilometres of that road could Tsvangirai have developed using just the money he spent on Locardia? He could have even invested in transport on that road also. The Chisumbanje project was another loss for him which his Minister bungled. These were gambles that he took, and now he has lost. The people read you loud and clear, and Zanu PF was happy to pump up the volume!
    SADC at the moment has one big problem which they want to solve – the DRC. The AU is looking at Egypt, Libya, Mali, Somalia and a few others. The African Institutions are trying to solve these problems without adding Zimbabwe to the list. It will be a very difficult task for Tsvangirai to get support from them if he wants to go the confrontational route.
    Back to the drawing board for you Mr Tsvangirai is the best thing as former Honourable Sikhala says.

  • chaminuka

    Accept defeat and move on. Be a farmer, miner, or retiree. This is not the end of the world but a new beginning for the country.

  • Mambo

    VanaMajongwe munoda kudya kwose. Zanu PF zvayahwina mavakuti MDC yamaida zuro is not a home grown party. Matsotsi…handimi makaimba dhiziri paChinhoyi here imi VaMajongwe. PTUZ and Majongwe supported ‘change’ which never came. Sit down.

  • MANGWENDE WE CHINHOYI

    All we have to accept and understand is that the country called Zimbabwe has its spiritual owners. Ivhu reZimbabwe, its people and its contents are unique. If we put more effort on the developmental thrust, you will in the near future see people from neighbouring countries flocking into our blessed nation – mark my words.

  • Zimbabwe United

    “Once you enter into the game, you must know that there are losers and winners. If you lose, you must accept defeat, your credibility goes higher than what your fanatics may tell you and this is our call, just accept defeat no matter how much it pains, it is for the betterment of yourself, your nation and the region,” Mr Membe, who said the harmonised elections met Sadc guidelines on the conduct of democratic elections, said.

  • Zimbabwe United

    “I will be meeting the Prime Minister to talk to him because as I said, the pure democratic dispensation and maturity in the world is not about campaigning, it is not about voting, it is about conceding defeat even if it is so painful.“I think that is our task to convince politicians that to complete this process of democratic requirement is to make a concession, to concede defeat, it builds you, it builds the country, that is the catch of politics and that is what we are trying to go and convince him.”